East Coast Record Snowfalls


Image Courtesy of: https://www.earthnetworks.com/blog/worst-blizzards-winter-weather-history/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Appalachian_Storm_of_1950 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeastern_United_States_blizzard_of_1978#:~:text=The%20Northeastern%20United%20States%20blizzard,the%20New%20York%20metropolitan%20area.&text=The%20storm%20killed%20about%20100,in%202019%20terms)%20in%20damage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2016_United_States_blizzard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Storm_of_the_Century

Charlie Warga, Staff Writer

As you know, we have gotten some snow recently, and with the incoming nor’easter, I thought I would be good to know some of the record snow falls on the East Coast. First on the list is the Great Appalachian Storm of 1950. This storm was part blizzard and part hurricane, dropping a foot of snow and having wind gusts up to 160 mph at its peak. This storm affected states as far South as South Carolina, went all the way up into Canada, and went as far west as Ohio and Kentucky. Second on the list, we have the blizzard of 1978. This storm affected New Jersey, New York, and New England, killing over 100 people and injuring 4500. This storm dropped an incredible 27.5 inches of snow in some places, causing $520 million in damage. This next blizzard is one of our most recent, in 2016, dropping over 3 feet of snow in seven states, with the peak being 42 inches in Virginia. Our final blizzard, known as the “storm of the century” was the worst blizzard in the past 100 years. This occurred in 1993, and at its largest, it stretched from Canada to Honduras. The storm reached as far southwest as Louisiana and went as far north as Canada. This storm was estimated to affect 40% of the United State’s population. At the peak of Mount LeConte in Tennessee, the storm left an accumulation of over 60 inches of snow, and snow drifts went up to 14 feet in height. Well, hopefully some of these facts were interesting, and this should remind you to prepare for the next blizzard!